Category Archives: awards

South African wines win Green awards in London

South Africa made a good show at the inaugural Drinks Business Green Awards 2010 in London this week. The Drinks Business website tells us that the awards “aim to raise awareness of green issues in the drinks trade and recognise and reward those who are south african wineleading the way in sustainability and environmental performance” and South Africa did very well indeed.

Mrs Green raises a glass to you all.

Vertical self-watering rain harvesting garden for small spaces

Vertical garden self wateringDo you want a herb garden on a small patio or balcony that will water itself?  This would work – a  living green vertical wall.

I found it at Treehugger. It can harvest rainwater from a gutter down-pipe and the built-in tank can be topped up during dry spells.

Michael Tampilic  won a prize with his Vert Rain Terrace at the Rocket 2008 industrial design show.

Treehugger has an article on it here. We intend to experiment with ways and means to design and construct these delightful green walls.

Recycled tyres in your bathroom?

Recycled rubber sinkA basin made from recycled car tyres. It won an award from Architect Magazine.  “The rubber from the tires is melted down and cleansed of debris, and the tiny inherent metal fibers that give a tire its road resistance are then formed into a sheet. This sheet is stretched over a base frame–made of wood, metal, or any other material out of which bathroom furniture can be fashioned–and anchored down by the drain collar. This creates a shallow-sloped surface for water to be siphoned away, but not a clunky profile … ”

More information and a slide-show that includes a diagram of the construction on the Architect Magazine website.  Bouncy!

Investigating South African olive oil.

Apparently Jan van Riebeeck planted the first two cultivated olive trees at the Cape on his farm Boschheuvel in 1661. Then  In 1907 a farmer from Paarl received a gold medal for the ‘finest olive oil produced in the British Empire’ at the London Show. I discovered this at a lovely website called Olives Go Wild.

There are a number of producers in the Western Cape  – one of whom took top honours in an international competition in 2009. The following quote from an article on the site MediaClubSouthAfrica.com by Janine Erasmus sums it up:

Olive oil“South African olive oil producer Willow Creek Olive Estate  has taken top honours in the prestigious L’Orciolo d’Oro olive oil competition in Gradara, Italy – the world’s second biggest producer of olive oil. The competition took place at the end of June 2009. Willow Creek’s flagship Directors’ Reserve extra virgin olive oil won the intensely fruity category at this year’s competition, edging out the second- and third-placed Spanish oils that were its closest rivals.”

Fine indeed.